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    the Fifth Down in 2009:

    Fifty years after the founding of the Jets put them in competition with the
    Giants for New York area fans, the two teams are playing to type, with the
    Giants as the establishment team and the Jets scrapping for attention and

    The Jets will create/receive a lot of news media attention this fall,
    probably more than the Giants will.

    As a group, the news media don’t favor one team over another, but they like
    story lines, and the Jets have plenty.

    Not much has changed in three years. Well, the Giants did win another Super
    Bowl last season, but the Jets will still get more media attention this fall.
    Story lines? The Jets have conflict, controversy and personalities. (And there’s
    a guy named Tebow. … oh, never mind). One of the Giants’ personalities, Brandon
    Jacobs, is gone. But
    as Giants guard Chris Snee put it Thursday,
    “We only want headlines in
    February.” Here’s a look at some Giants story lines this past week:

    Hanlon of
    on what Jacobs once meant to Giants fans:

    Another illustration of the disposability of N.F.L. players and the short
    memories of its fans and mythmakers: It wasn’t too long ago that Brandon Jacobs
    was the popular embodiment of Giants Football. The team was a throwback to an
    era of bruising, honest offenses, and so was he.

    More important than what he actually did was what the
    symbolic significance he carried for a fan base that wanted to see him the way
    they wanted to see their team.

    Silver, Yahoo Sports,
    on why the Giants should try to keep Osi Umenyiora
    beyond this year:

    The Giants, who also have accomplished veteran Justin Tuck and emerging star
    Jason Pierre-Paul at defensive end, probably believe it’s impractical -- if not
    impossible – to keep all three standouts at market value. Yet I believe there’s
    great value in trying to make it work, because sometimes a team’s obscenely
    overloaded potency in one area is the driving force behind its

    Youngmisuk, ESPN New York, o
    n what losing running back Andre Brown to
    suspension may mean for the Giants’ draft.

    J. Byrne of the Cold, Hard Football Facts,
    still shaking his head at how
    statistically wrong it was that the Giants won the Super Bowl:

    The 2007 Giants were, quite literally, the worst regular-season team that’s
    ever won a Super Bowl. And then the 2011 Giants replaced them as the worst
    regular-season team to win a title by almost every measure.

    Furman, the Ultimatenyg,
    on why that doesn’t matter and on why the Giants
    should be grateful to Aaron Ross
    but probably won’t miss him.
    Manningham’s exit
    andthe relatively modest price the 49ers paid to land
    him: “Iwould not have had a problem with Reese paying that amount to keep Mario

    Matt Waldman, the Rookie Scouting Portfolio, on Manningham’s flaws:

    Wide receivers can correct route skills. It’s just a matter of work and
    drilling on how to execute the correct kinds of breaks and effective techniques
    to separate from press coverage. This is why a player like Mario Manningham is
    so frustrating to me. He flashes terrific physical skills and good ball skills
    as a pure receiver. However, his lapses with technique were frequent enough that
    the Giants had no problem letting him go. I will not be surprised if Manningham
    busts in San Francisco. I hope not, but I don’t believe in his past work ethic
    because he repeatedly made the same mistakes you don’t see from other
    top-starting receivers with his experience.

    Extra point If nothing else, the Jets serve as an extra
    source of motivation for the Giants, and nobody
    inspires them like Rex Ryan.

    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1